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AN OFFER: PAY ME ONE DOLLAR FOR EVERY INFRACTION THAT I SEE--A UNCOVERED MATTRESS ON THE LOOP, DOG DO-DO NOT PICKED UP, OUTSIDE DOGS BEING WALKED INTO ST OR PCV. ONE DOLLAR FOR ONE PHOTO. I KNOW MANAGEMENT READS THIS BLOG, SO ACCEPT MY OFFER. BLACKSTONE WILL BE SO MUCH BETTER.

As we see, nothing much is being done about the many complaints residents have: the discarded furniture on the loops, including the illegal discarding of uncovered mattress; the outside dogs that are infrequently checked for that blue ST lanyard, and their owners escorted out if they don't have one; the lack of R7-2 clarity from our local politicians who seem to be delaying and delaying; the club cars that go this way and that, and many times against regular traffic rules; the failure of our TA to even address those issues, etc. On top of that, residents near the building of the subway extension on 14 Street have had to endure noise and health issues at all hours of the day and night. This is not the way to live. Because of these facts, and a few more, a new representation has to happen. This is where Stuyvesant Town Tenants Advocacy comes in. There are no dues, and plans are underway to get the group doing something proactive about our complaints. The time for submitting our complaints to Management, Public Safety and Blackstone is over.

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Management has two priorities: 1) Making sure money is made, hence upgrading and filling up apartments is their goal. "Amenities" are important in selling the place, though few residents use them. 2) If someone needs medical attention, Public Safety will be there, if alerted.

Quality of life issues are not that important, however. Things like the carpet rule or outsider dogs. These "rules" tend to be ignored, on purpose it seems. So you will see a lot that isn't taken care of properly, and complaints will be met with a creative excuse and a smile.

"Peace and quiet" must be a cruel joke, though this property is sold that way. There can be no peace and quiet as ALL apartments must be upgraded, which includes the installation of an AC unit below the window. Aside from the continual construction about the neighborhood, there is a new and noisy subway extension being built along East 14 st and the shut down of the L line. "Choosing" to live in NYC, now the newest mantra, is a fabrication when the talk is of ST and PCV, which was traditionally quiet, with no construction noise.

Though money was always important, it is now more important than ever. Money rules many things, as you will find.

At this point, 30 years into living here and seeing many things, I can state that Management and their reps are BS-ing us. I can't say that loudly enough: We are being BS-ed. I don't see any genuine change, though the "selling" of this place is intense. Few of the "rules" will be enforced, as Management doesn't want to lose customers or potential customers. Where personal integrity is a hallmark of an excellent management style, this integrity is not seen in enforcing some of the rules.

Our Tenants Association is, basically, null and void. Oh, it is still around, but it lacks the will power to confront much of anything. The TA will ask for your dues, however. By now, the TA is a charade.

About those "club cars" we see going this way and that way, and outside of Stuy Town or Peter Cooper Village:



Wednesday, September 27, 2017

STR Has Had It

Yes, this is a nasty place. Don't let them tell you otherwise. Don't believe that New York City was always like this. When? Where? I'm not talking about Times Square or the Lower East Side.

Stuy Town and Peter Cooper Village, the latter the "jewel" of the complex, were dreams that many wanted to live in. People had to wait years to get into this complex, it was so good to live here and to raise a family here. Don't believe differently. They, the new masters, are lying to you. They want you to believe that the noise and the pollution was always here, because "it's New York." Don't believe their lies.

Not the first time, I was chased around this complex in the morning because of the noise and smell of continual zambonis running around and trying to clean the filth that is here. I was chased by the continual noise of leaf-blowers, with their attachments that spew dirt and dust while trying to clear the area of debris. And they (Management) is full of excuses. If you call, you will hear these excuses over and over again, unless you are persistent, then they will get annoyed at you.

Take it from me, and from the residents who have lived here for years, it was never like this.

They value "Peace and Quiet." Don't believe them. They are just selling to the masses outside. If I am chased around the complex, looking for a restful place to read or meditate or whatever, then the probability is you are too.

I wish I could move, get out of here. Financially, right now it is not doable.

But, believe me, this place is nasty. And it seems to be getting worse.

156 comments:

Stuy Town Reporter said...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cell_site

Yeah, our cell phone reception is so important. Who cares if someone has some adverse reaction now or down the line?

Anonymous said...

What does a cell tower have to do with Stuy Town?

Anonymous said...

If I had more money I would leave also. I wouldn't even blink an eye. You can see the pattern that it's getting worse around here each and every day. The tenants, PS, the Porters, etc,
are not happy as well. They have destroyed this place, and there is nothing we can do about it. The TA is more silent than a deaf mute. I will continue to call Service for anything that is wrong in my apartment, and I do not care what goes on outside my door. Don't care anymore, sorry. I too have had it. They can all go to hell!

Anonymous said...

Nobody looks at anyone anymore, no one holds the door for you, no one says good morning to you, EVERYONE slams their door, nobody has any respect for ANYONE in this dump. I TOO have had it because I have seen the dramatic change here in the last 6 years. It's like a prison here, except you have to pay for it.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>What does a cell tower have to do with Stuy Town?<<

Haven't you seen? Very visible atop some Oval buildings.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>Nobody looks at anyone anymore, no one holds the door for you, no one says good morning to you, EVERYONE slams their door, nobody has any respect for ANYONE in this dump.<<

I have to say, that is not my experience. I don't care what age bracket, I would say that frequently I get a positive response.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

I also have to say that I've seen some "old timers" (anyone over thirty) flaunting the rules. Now it could be my building, and each buidling is different, but I have no complaints about my near neighbors.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

The key phrase is near neighbors. I think my building has some residents that could be from hell, or close to it.

Anonymous said...

Well Lucky you, STR, because that is not the case in my building, and the same goes for the people I have even known for years. Soo unfriendly here. Attitude galore here. Everyone thinks that they are better than the next person. Boy do I hate living here. Once my lease is up, I'm looking elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

September 27, 2017 at 11:12 AM

Identical situation here as well. Very impolite, obnoxious neighbors.

Anonymous said...

The rugs on my floor are absolutely filthy. It is so disgusting living here. And the missing wagons in the laundry-mat room are still missing. There is only 1 left. What a joke. Management does not listen to you after reporting it 1 week ago.

Anonymous said...

The cell towers are not necessary for tenants because they are for Blackstone. All your calls ping on Blackstone Oval cell towers.

Anonymous said...

The only 'peace and quiet' I can get around here is when I'm in a coma. I'd rather much be 'there' than here.

Anonymous said...

It is sadly neglected and filthy in places and kinda gross in places too like the recycling areas

Anonymous said...


Just stepped in dog S*!#! this morning.
I think it should mandatory that EVERYONE own a dog. Maybe THEN, this problem will be eliminated, once and for all!

Anonymous said...

"The key phrase is near neighbors. I think my building has some residents that could be from hell, or close to it."

I know what you mean, STR. The transient neighbors are sometimes good, sometimes bad, but not all of the longtime tenants are that great.

Several years ago, there was a family living on my floor that were the "Neighbors from Hell." They were a large family of elderly and middle-aged members and they screamed, ranted, slammed doors all day and all night. They all have died off now and a young couple (with a dog) occupy their apartment and they are the sweetest, nicest, quietest neighbors anyone could wish to have. Also, the dog is not a problem in any way whatsoever. Another unit was occupied for years by a guy who had a series of girlfriends that he would have extremely loud and sometimes violent fights with. He was a decent guy, but had some "issues." Since he moved out a few years ago we have had a young couple with a baby who were the nicest people you could wish to meet. Unfortunately, they had to move because the rent was raised outrageously. Now a post-grad student has been living there for about 18 months and he is as quiet and nice as could be. All of the other units are occupied by longtime tenants like myself and I don't think any of us are going anywhere!

The unit downstairs from me is a revolving-door dorm and I have had to call PS and Tenant Relations several times, though not recently. I guess it takes all sorts and no one demo is essentially good or bad.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>Well Lucky you, STR, because that is not the case in my building,<<

As I stated, the living conditions can depend on what next door neighbors you have. Yes, some residents are living a sort of hell because of their neighbors.

Right now, there is a very loud drilling coming from another building, which everyone around can hear. My building included. Do you think Management gives a damn? "Well, we have to do it." Yeah, take a look around and tell me when this drilling is ever going to end. Look at all the AC units still not below the windows. Most of them. This drilling is not going to end in my lifetime.

This place is hopeless. It really is.

Anonymous said...

This place is a disaster!

Anonymous said...

I think that if misManagement would stop renting to students and concentrate on getting in MR tenants and charging them a fair rent instead of a ridiculous rent, we would all be much better off. Why would people who can afford MR rent want to live here with all the students making life hell with their noise and filth? Either misManagement has to target responsible people who have jobs and don't party all night, or turn the place into a dedicated dorm. In the latter case, life will become more and more hell on earth for long-term tenants who are unable to move because they can't afford to.

Anonymous said...

STR, I hope that because you've had it you won't be discontinuing your blog. You know Management (and the TA) would loooooove that to happen. It should be required reading for any responsible adult who is contemplating renting here. Blackstone is destroying the place and destroying our lives.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Not a chance!

Anonymous said...

Watch out! The ever-insatiably avaricious developers who own our politicians are cooking up more evil schemes to fatten their over-stuffed coffers:

http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20170927/OPINION/170929907/yes-there-is-room-to-build-more-housing-in-new-york-city

Anonymous said...

The worst part of all of this is that the student marketing is not going anywhere. Students will continue to flock to NYU, and therefore the demand for housing will continue to increase for a long long time. Much longer than any of us will be around, including Rick and Blackstone.

There are such easy fixes for this place, but renting to students is just too easy for them. Knowing that the guarantors have the money to cover the outrageous rents will continue to bring the students in. Our politicians have turned a blind eye to this and will continue to do so.

I'd say within 5 years this place will be 50% students, and 80% in 10 years.

Anonymous said...

I really wonder if these 'owners' are really in for it for the long haul. At this rate, I see this place being a construction site for at least another 20 years. This is not a classy residential place to live. It's a suckers paradise. I think they'll eventually hand this place to another 'thief'.

Anonymous said...

I was just talking to a friend whose granddaughter is in a real dorm uptown. When I told her about the student situation here and the cram-em-in living conditions, she couldn't believe the University or the parents allow it. She made me feel like a liar, so I just changed the subject. Even when I told her that a student was assaulted by a guy who tried to murder and rape her and that the assault went on right under a security camera for TEN FUCKING MINUTES, and that she probably would have died had not a neighbor been leaving the building and scared the attacker, my friend refused to believe it. I felt like saying "Ok, I forgot you live here and I don't."

People outside this place just do not realize the truth of it and don't believe it when they are told. You have to live here to know what a badly run, unmanaged, dangerous dump it is. Sometimes people will say to me: "But don't you have a really good tenants' association there?" I just laugh in their faces. At this point, when people who know where I live ask me how things are and when people who don't know where I live ask me where I live, I just change the subject. They probably think I'm rude, but nobody believes what goes on here. When I told a friend that there are two couples living in the one bedroom downstairs from me - a couple in the real bedroom and another one in the manufactured bedroom, she said "But surely that is not allowed. You should report it." I just rolled my eyes.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

The pity is that's it is not that difficult to run and run efficiently. Yeah, you have spend some money, but the rewards (not just financial) are there for the taking.

Just to mention, "Good Neighbors" was offering free coffee at the south side of the Oval. Of course, there were leaf blowers and zambonis running around....

Anonymous said...

I think this was on a different thread but I have to say that I agree with the person who called out the NYPD, i.e., the 13th precinct and the other units housed in what used to be the police academy. They are clearly abusing parking permits to the detriment of the people they are meant to "serve and protect". Last night, I took the bus down second avenue and got off on 20th street. The bus couldn't get to the curb to let off a person with a walker because a white SUV with a police permit was parked in the bus stop. This happens all the time. The corruption at the NYPD has to stop. Fire the captain of the 13th precinct to start!

Anonymous said...

The self-named "progressive" Mayor builds investment / 2nd, 3rd, 4th, home-pied a terres towers that sit empty for the 1% and now he can't meet his own goals for housing his constituents in a major fail with big numbers far away from his own goals.

http://nypost.com/2017/09/27/de-blasios-homeless-hotels-plan-is-way-behind-schedule/

Anonymous said...

I strongly agree with the poster who said that this dump will be 50 percent students in five years and 80 percent in ten years. I think that it is approaching 50 percent now. They will not lower the rents because they have a good thing going for them. There will also be a fair percentage of City subsidies although they deny this.

Anonymous said...

I have observed an absence of moving trash and dirty mattresses discarded on the service loops as late. My philosophy is that the Dept. of Health was contacted and issued a warning to Blackstone. I see a PS officer on a scooter making circles aground the Oval. Perhaps they defers the mover pigs from throwing out their crap. In addition he likely reports any garbage and they immediately pick it up.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Wait for the "season" to end or start. The season when colleges close for the summer and then open up again.

Anonymous said...

May-August will be the new cycle of hell for this place. This is when every unofficial and official student lease ends and then a new one commences. Each year during this period you should expect more moves, more garbage, more renovations, more noise. Will get worse each year.

Edmund Dunn said...

"The season when colleges close for the summer"

NYU never closes even during the summer.

"May 22 to August 13, 2017
Summer courses are offered in 3-, 6-, and 12-week sessions. For a breakdown by session, visit the Academic Calendar. Exact dates for each course are listed in the Albert Course Search."

https://www.nyu.edu/admissions/summer-sessions.html

Anonymous said...

We don't need a dog park. This place IS a dog park. We are living in one!

Anonymous said...

Students and transients have invaded us. It is not safe here anymore and the quality of life here has and will deteriorate. This place is an absolute joke.

Anonymous said...

They are soo desperate to get people in here, this is from PCVST Website:

1 YEAR FREE WIFI & CABLE ON ALL 1 FLEX 2 STUYTOWN APARTMENTS WITH OCTOBER LEASE START DATES! SEARCH APARTMENTS. Flex aprtments

What is a flex apartment? They are charging PER PERSON! Is this like a Hotel?

Stuy Town Reporter said...

I believe that outside I sat near an AirBnb person. She had the suitcase, and needed to make a call on her cellphone. Didn't get her "host" at the moment, so she had lunch. Quite good-looking. Maybe I should do AirBnb, too.

I should also point out (many times, I know) that unless a PS officer sees nearby a bicycle riding around the Oval, chances are that the guy on the bike will not get off, though some do. Frequently, I will see an illegal motorized bike around the Oval, too.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Flex apartments have a new "room" created with a partition. You know, those partitions that we were told are not put in anymore, though I see workers with partitions all the time.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

"Flex apartments" are for you, the resident. Or so it is said and promoted.

Anonymous said...

PCVST states these FLEX apartments charge by the person. Who holds the lease? Is this a Hotel like situation? And if one more room is created, how does this play with a MCI room count?
Shouldn't more rooms be in the calculations? This is just God awful. Must be legit, right?

Anonymous said...

Overheard a couple of weeks ago by some guy in the Oval on his cellphone:

"Yeah, I'm thinking of taking a 3 bedroom and renting out the other two rooms."





























































































eah, I thinking of taking a 3 bedroom and renting out the other two rooms."

Anonymous said...

TRUTH

http://amsterdamnews.com/news/2017/sep/28/barron-wont-host-de-blasio-town-hall/

We are not the only community he betrayed but we are without the high quality elected representation that East New York has. This piece is well worth the read.

Anonymous said...

I think that they are doing a lot of short-term transient rentals to tourists and people temporarily here on business. Whenever I see a new family, they usually are foreign. Probably rent these dumps for 3-6 months and then leave. It may appear that families are moving in but they are actually short-term foreign residents. This place is nasty.

Anonymous said...

From the “The Other Yelp Reviews” link, posted at the banner page of the STR blog:

9/24/2017
“I had a negative experience with this management company, specifically an employee named Caitlin. The ceiling of the bathroom has collapsed once--yes, collapsed--and the temporary fix is about to collapse--more on that later, As other reviews have noted--you can hear every single sound your neighbors make. the walls are ridiculously thin. Much worse than other apartment complexes in NY. This might be ok if management RESPONDED TO TENANTS COMPLAINTS/ISSUES. They do not. If and when you have loud neighbors--and you will, since the turnover here is ridiculous, and you're surrounded on every wall by different apartments--management will not respond to complaints and will do nothing regarding lease violations. just a small selection of what I hear from upstairs: I can hear them every morning scraping things on the floor and stomping around, when I am standing OUTSIDE my own front door in the hallway--they are that loud-kid crying 3 -4 times every night and throughout the day--sure, kids cry, but that is why you are required to put some insulation in your damn apartment, or at least show a little consideration for your neighbors. If you have a kid living above you, you will hear it crying from their back bedroom, while you are sitting in your living room. This is how bad the sound carries in these apartments. - half an hour of scraping furniture and dropping things on the bedroom floors at 6 am. every morning. people refused to put anything under their furniture, and management would not get involved.-moving furniture around for 2 -3 hours, every damn morning-heels tapping on the floor for several hours every morning and evening-running back and forth in the hallway by the ADULTS (what is wrong with these people)-stomping around all night. every twenty minutes or so, the ceiling starts to shake and I hear pounding footsteps.-these people have been in violation of their lease for the last 10 or 11 months. you would think any landlord would want to fine them or at least correct the problem. not this management company.-you will be forced to address any issues with inconsiderate neighbors on your own. its a waste of time and effort. The grounds here may look nice. But nothing else about this place works. cockroaches in the laundry room. Blocked drains and cracking walls due to water behind the walls. My ceiling has already collapsed once and now management has put a temporary metal plate in the ceiling holding the plaster up--but cracks have formed around the plate. It will collapse again soon. No response from management. Dont waste your $$$ here.”

This vent sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

Anonymous said...

Most of you seem delusional. They are not desperate for tenants, they are raising rents on MR to extremely high levels and most are leaving. If the management cared about vacancy, they would offer lower rent or "@ same rent" for current MR to renew. In fact, they are not.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

The other day I hit the link for Yelp reviews. I thought I was on the "Other Yelp Reviews" as they were so bad, but then I realized that I was on the regular Yelp reviews!

Anonymous said...

I get a laugh out of Peter W.'s responses on Yelp. It's also sickening. If that man believes what he writes on Yelp, I do not know how he could sleep at night. He is 100% blatantly lying for the world to see, and he seems to have no shame in that.

Anonymous said...

So sad, considering how we once lived in one of the most desirable family neighborhoods in the City.

Anonymous said...

7:55
I believe they want non-student market rate tenants out at the same pace that they want rent stabilized tenants out. Their ideal demographic is students, so anyone not in that group is wanted out, regardless of the type of apartment.

The TA and Dan Garodnick destroyed this community, and there will be books written about their part in this in the very near future. I know for a fact, as I know someone working on it as we speak.

Anonymous said...

September 29, 2017 at 10:54 PM It was a bipartisan effort by democrats and republicans alike and many politicians with personal gains to be made from the eradication / demolition / construction / development.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>I get a laugh out of Peter W.'s responses on Yelp.<<

I've met the man and can talk about many things. But, as I said, the Blackstone people have a priority to sell this place. We, on the other hand, can have different priorities.

Anonymous said...

They are not desperate for tenants because they have replaced a family demo with students, transient tourists and city subsidized. It works great for them and they can keep raising the rents . They have made creative desks with the city, foreign tourist agencies and NYU in order to reap profits and it is working. This management is despicable

Anonymous said...

12:50 PM, if you mean "creative deals with the city...." I am with you. Creative desks? Don't know about that.

Anonymous said...

"The TA and Dan Garodnick destroyed this community, and there will be books written about their part in this in the very near future. I know for a fact, as I know someone working on it as we speak."

I look forward to reading the book you speak of. The TA and Garodnick (and DeBlasio) have a LOT to answer for.

Do It Differently said...

12:50 PM: Of course, they are despicable. As others and myself have written, Blackstone is known for this on a worldwide basis.

Perhaps the caliber and activities of some of these people who plunder will soon be posted and more people reading this will be able to understand the scope of their greed and sociopathy.

Greed, thievery, the immiseration (causing poverty) of other humans and the torture and murder of other kinds of life is an occupation for many, many people. It is celebrated in some circles.

A bibliography would be in order here.

Anonymous said...

partly our fault. ev en though my family here has a low rent stab place, we should fight for families to get same. it is not fair and now we have 65% students and rising daily.

Anonymous said...

Does Blackstone read this blog. If so, they are fine with things how they are. Deal with it or don't.

Anonymous said...

Saw a big muzzled dog sniffing at the produce at the green market. Disgusting. Nothing is enforced here.

Anonymous said...

Calling him out for what he is

http://nypost.com/2017/10/01/political-spouses-slam-de-blasio-for-opportunism/

Anonymous said...

"Saw a big muzzled dog sniffing at the produce at the green market. Disgusting. Nothing is enforced here."

If they were giving away produce at that place, I wouldn't accept it. It is beyond disgusting.

Anonymous said...

STR, you have very right to have had it... Blackstone, the politicians of this fine city, and our lovely TA have screwed this place to the point of no return.

Here is my take:
1) There are no rules. No house rules, no dog rules, no bike rules. Rick is a flat out liar about the dog rules. I have taken my dogs blue lanyard off for the past 2 months (carry it in my pocket as a test), and I've never been stopped. I purposely walk past security as much as possible. NOTHING. Rick sir, you are a liar about dog stops.
2) Staying on Rick. Rick is just as bad as Blackstone. I hate people who say that he's just doing Blackstone's dirty work and he's a decent guy. If Rick was a decent guy, he would have quit working for a company that is forcing him to destroy a great community. He is still here, so to him the almighty paycheck is more to him than standing up for what is right. Rick is just as bad for this community as Blackstone, so don't let anyone else tell you differently.
3)There are a lot of bad apples in this place, and they come in all different ages. Students are a nuisance, but so are others. My concern remains the stress that all of these additional tenants will place on the buildings and infrastructure. Rick sir, you are destroying this place with every apartment you cram way to many people into.

Rick and this management group aren't going anywhere. Any human with a decent conscience already resigned when they realized what Blackstone's plans were for this place.

Anonymous said...

"The TA and Dan Garodnick destroyed this community, and there will be books written about their part in this in the very near future. I know for a fact, as I know someone working on it as we speak."

Looking forward to this New York Times best seller. Newsflash: no one gives a shit except for the people actually living in this squalor.

Anonymous said...

We wanted to let you know we removed your review. Your review was brought to our attention by the Yelp community, and it fell outside our Content Guidelines because it did not provide enough detail about your customer experience.

What a croc. fuck Yelp, they are on the side of the landlord / retailer / store, whatever.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know the names of the people on the Tenant Association Board that go with each of these evasive descriptions by "Susan Steinberg, President, Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association" in this Town & Village article?

Who is "the hands-on vice president of a New York City construction firm"
Who is the "urban planner with 20 years of experience in real estate development, property management and city government"?

Who is the "technology director of a major hospital"

Who is the "marketing director"

Who is the "special education teacher on child-rearing leave"

Who is the "retired writer, editor and public relations professional"

Who is the "writer and book editor"

Who are the "two serve on Community Board 6"

Who are the "Four members are attorneys in diverse fields of law" ?

Who is the "one with a practice focusing on estate and commercial matters",

Who is the "another is a supervisor in the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Practice"

Who is the "retired partner and chairman of the litigation department of a leading law firm",

Who is "the fourth is in the office of Mayor De Blasio as a senior health policy advisor and attorney"??

Who on the Tenant Association Board is a lawyer and senior health policy advisor working in the office of Mayor De Blasio????!

Anonymous said...

Just in case I forgot to put the Town & Village article internet link into the comment on the composition of the Tenant Association Board Members here it is.

https://town-village.com/2016/02/18/letters-to-the-editor-feb-18/

Anonymous said...

Thank you to the commentator who posted the Amsterdam News article "Barron won’t host de Blasio town hall!" about the City Council Member Inez Barron who declined the Town Hall Host request by the campaigning Mayor. That is how a City Council Member who serves in the Public Interest responds to a request as that.

The article is worth the read to anyone who cares about how the City Council is supposed to act.

Kudos to both Council Member Inez Barron and ASSEMBLYMAN CHARLES BARRON
Wish we had you two as our representatives instead of the current bunch.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

All I know is that weather-wise, it's a nice day. Of course, I passed a load of unpicked dog do-do in PCV, as well as a dead mouse run over by something. And I saw their golf carts going across 20th Street (hey, just who "owns" that street?). And then, on the way to Associated, I had a good preview of the drilling that's going on in the corner and making residents lives there miserable.

Anonymous said...

that makes two conflicts on the TA board if one of them works for deBlasio and if the democrat lobbyist guy on the TA board gets into the city Council making a TA that is run by politicians instead of tenants

Anonymous said...

John Marsh is at it again on the TA fb page, pushing his political agenda.

Anonymous said...

What about the overcharges?

Anonymous said...

A dog just took a crap on my floor. Owner 'picked' it up, but stains all over the place.
Dogs and carpets do not "go" in this place. This place is a DUMP! It smells and is really gross. These conditions are really bad.

Anonymous said...

I have had it too. My area outside my prison cell is never vacuumed or washed, maybe once or twice a year. How in the world do they get away with this stuff? How?

Anonymous said...

Peter Stuyvesant can not let his politically motivated posts through and then claim they are unbiased with regards to political issues. John Marsh is a former TA president, and by letting his posts through it looks like the TA is promoting what he posts.

Anonymous said...

Soon enough the feds will regulate Facebook to put a stop to people using Facebook for their personal political advancement and agendas. The press media is all over this and people who do this to sway elections.

Anonymous said...

All you see in this dump is mattresses coming in and out.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

The use of carpeting in the hallways is a waste of money and also, after a while, impossible to clean. Management should go back to the way it was, without carpeting, but they will not. I, as well as some of us, could give valuable pointers to Blackstone, but they seem unwilling to listen unless it fits with their plan to sell and sell.

Anonymous said...

Waste of manpower and money to constantly clean these carpets. They just don't get it.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

The right thing to do is to give those who are affected by the noise on 14th Street, a monthly discount off their rent. It doesn't have to be much, but something that says "we care, and yes we know that during the day, it can be impossible." This is being humane. Let's see if Blackstone does this.

Anonymous said...

THEY DON'T CARE.

Anonymous said...

Blackstone doesn't know the meaning of the word "humane." People suffering from noise, filth and constant construction in the only place they can call home and for which they are paying (in most cases) a premium rent is not in any way humane. Maybe the long time tenants don't pay a premium rent, but they suffer as much, if not more, from the noise, filth and chaos and lack of rules of decency that go unenforced here. This is a very unhealthy place to live and the shame is that it doesn't need to be and didn't used to be. MetLife knew how to run the property as an affordable, comfortable and safe haven to live in. If they could do it, Blackstone should be able to do it. Blackstone is run by callous, unprofessional nincompoops.

Anonymous said...

omy hell do not complain about carpets in hallway. @ the very lease they are insulation from the misery and turbulent noise of our disgusting neighbors up and below and all over. do not take away carpet we need more carpeting.

Anonymous said...


Tenant Association Board Member Bio

Steven R. Newmark

Senior Health Policy Advisor

Mayor's Office, New York City

Steven Newmark is the Senior Health Policy Advisor to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio where he works directly with the City’s Health Department and Public Hospital System and spearheads Mayoral Task Forces on immigrant health care access and prescription pain misuse.

Steven previously served as General Counsel to then Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, as a litigator at the law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, and as a Guest Lecturer in Public Policy at Columbia University.

Steven sits on the Boards of the Primary Care Development Corporation, the New York Blood Center, and the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation.


http://meetingoftheminds.org/speaker/steven-r-newmark

Anonymous said...

How is it there are 4 lawyers on the Tenant Association Board and they have outside counsel and the Tenant Association has not won a single MCI challenge ever? It defies logic unless it is deliberate.

Anonymous said...

From YELP One Star out of 5 review from a Bulk Lease

Andy T.
Brea, CA
The rules and policies within Stuytown is frustrating and an inconvenience. For something as simple as getting additional keys for your apartment can be quite the challenge.

To start, we are considered "occupants" through a bulk lease and every small order MUST be managed by the lease holder. Regardless of your identification and paperwork (which they have copies of), you are required to go through a third party to do something as simple as picking up additional keys.

They stated this policy exist for security reasons... If you ask me, their policies and rules make no sense whatsoever. You have to be present as "occupants" for maintenance tasks, but you can't pick up additional keys. Keep in mind maintenance entered three times now without our presence (apparently we cannot authorize entry when absent). Also, one would presume that the lease holder will need to be present for that, but that is not the case.

Security seems to be a top priority, but you cannot allow a loophole in your logic even if the process is flawed and does not do a thing to protect you.

There have also been serious cases regarding rape and many areas within Stuytown that are considered dark and unsafe.
We even had brown water flowing out of the faucets, etc. multiple times without warning and when we called they mentioned it was nothing. So let's stress a faulty process that provides no benefits but more inconvenience (sarcasm).

Anonymous said...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The TA and Dan Garodnick destroyed this community, and there will be books written about their part in this in the very near future. I know for a fact, as I know someone working on it as we speak."

Looking forward to this New York Times best seller. Newsflash: no one gives a shit except for the people actually living in this squalor.

October 2, 2017 at 12:36 PM



Not necessarily. People far and wide will read it because corruption has a universal appeal especially when it surpasses historic Boss Tweed levels. Its so dirty you can't make this stuff up.

Anonymous said...

Just another example of how the Public gets screwed. School buses with air conditioning is a no brainer, especially when they are special needs children with autism. It is a Public Advocate office, but the Public has no public office with authority to bring about this lawsuit on something that should not require a lawsuit in the first place. At least she is trying to serve the public, not like her predecessor who used the Public Advocate office as a spring board for himself instead of any successes or good results for the public.

http://nypost.com/2017/10/03/letitia-james-loses-lawsuit-is-told-her-office-has-no-authority-to-sue/

Anonymous said...

It seems like more people are finally seeing Rick for what he really is, a fraud. A lady posted on FB about The typical Rick response, showing him to be this caring guy, but the posters neighbor caught Rick in yet another lie.

Like I said in an earlier post, Rick is just as bad as Blackstone. If he had any moral fibers, he would have resigned when seeing what he is doing to this once great community. So please, stop playing Rick as just a person doing Blackstone's dirty work. If he truly cared, he would resign and tell Blackstone the exact reasons why he is resigning.

Anonymous said...

This article has one bully praising a second bully saying he is a better bully than the third bully just before the loud gasp from all their television celebrity friends who bought east and west village real estate banking on large value increases on their investments by evicting the east and west village residents to make way for the downtown billionaires row that was to span west side Diller Island Concert Events / Super Yacht Dock (that is just a few Yacht dock city-blocks from a Governor friend's upper west side Food (network) Pier) across town to east side Dalian Wanda Blackstone Luxury Hotel and Super Yacht Dock. A real bipartisan FU to real New Yorkers to move out of the way for the oligarchs, billionaires and lesser millionaires.



Glow of De Blasio’s Primary Victory Is Dimmed by a Cuomo Speech

Photo:
Mayor Bill de Blasio greeted Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo at the dedication of the new Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island on Wednesday, after Mr. Cuomo gave a speech hailing Mr. de Blasio’s predecessor, Michael R. Bloomberg.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/13/nyregion/bill-de-blasio-general-election.html

Stuy Town Reporter said...

We are starting to get a bit far in certain commentary, which I'm not comfortable with, but it also could be the day--nice and sunny.

Anonymous said...

It only seems a bit far until it is all connected - The neck-deep tenant association board members, the Mayor's Offices, the DA Office, the Developers and Democrats and how they come together on a common target.

It is all beginning to come out in the open with today's New Yorker reveal.

Filed Under "Deals & Dealmakers"

The politicians invaded the tenant association making this tenant association board too deeply politically entrenched to operate on behalf of tenants with any integrity. It is past time to drain the swamp that is the tenant association board, investigating all levels from the President Emeritus on down

One board member is a lawyer whose resume includes the DA Vance transition team and the Mayor deBlasio staff position.

Another tenant association board member is a former lobbyist for Trump SoHo. Trump Soho was under investigation by the DA's office until the DA Vance suddenly stopped his office from investigating the Trumps.

Mayor deBlasio was under investigation by the Feds and by DA Vance until he abruptly dropped that too without any indictments.

Mayor deBlasio and Donald Trump use the same New York law firm Kramer Levin Naftalis and Frankel who has since made big bucks from lobbying Mayor deBlasio.

The Trumps and the Mayor deBlasio narrowly evade criminal charges for the crimes that were under investigations.

The tenant association board members, the Mayor deBlasio, the DA Vance, the Trumps all share a common interest: they all have political and or financial reasons for developing Stuyvesant Town Peter Cooper Village thus a common target to align the tenant association board, the DA office, and all of the Mayor Offices.

The democrats - from federal level to state level to city level - want this land developed into luxury hotel - condos including the democrat who visited here photographed along with the other democratic politicians Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and City Councilman Dan Garodnick and the Property Services Manager.

Putting real estate deals above honoring oath of office, above public service, above all else.
What a Sh*t Show!

Beginning with the tenant association board members bios posted earlier.

Then:

Today's New Yorker
Trumps evade criminal charges from DA Vance under sketchy terms as case was dropped after Trump's personal attorney, met privately with DA Vance. And donated to his campaign

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/how-ivanka-trump-and-donald-trump-jr-avoided-a-criminal-indictment/amp



Trump law firm and Mayor deBlasio law firm sees big boost in income from Mayor deBlasio City Hall lobbying after Mayor evades criminal charges from DA Vance

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/law-firm-de-blasio-corruption-probe-lawyers-sees-income-boost-article-1.2988867


Pro-developer Democrat Visit photo with other Pro-developer democrats filed under Deals & Dealmakers in Real Estate Weekly October 04, 2017

http://rew-online.com/2016/04/13/former-president-bill-clinton-visits-stuy-town/

Anonymous said...

Ahh.. Too much male bashing. Glad you're continuing to keep an eye on it. Wish you would do the same for ladies.

Anonymous said...

StuyTown has a TA Board who say they are volunteers while they hold day jobs where one held a job that was all about lobbyist pursuits for a developers interests in SoHo and another TA Board member whose day job is to pursue Mayor de Blasio's interests. Neither of these two can represent tenants, pursuing the interests of tenants when they have these conflicts of interest where their day job, their bread and butter salary depends on pursuing the interests of developers and politicians. It is black and white.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>Ahh.. Too much male bashing. Glad you're continuing to keep an eye on it. Wish you would do the same for ladies.<<

? How do you know what I'm leaving out???

Anonymous said...

I see these big white trucks with a tiny ST logo coming in all the time. I think some of them are carrying partitions and mattresses for dorm dumps.

Anonymous said...

Anybody associated with the Trumps has to be a total crook. The TA should disband and go away. The board members are too compromised in the integrity department.

STR, I thought maybe you were referring to the bashing of Rick Hayduk when you said you were uncomfortable with certain posts. Am I correct?

Anonymous said...

Quality of Life in StuyTown will never get better when the TA Board is serving politicians who are serving developers.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>STR, I thought maybe you were referring to the bashing of Rick Hayduk when you said you were uncomfortable with certain posts. Am I correct?<<

As I wrote many times, the people who work for Blackstone (Rick included) have their own agenda, which is to be in step with Blackstone. By now, I've met all the top people here, and I have no problem with them as long as I understand that they work for Blackstone. I don't, however, and neither do the residents here. Admittedly, I am uncomfortable with certain posts if the posts go too far (like calling someone a devil--which hasn't yet happened, but close to it). The Blackstone people have a job to do, and I (and others) have a job, too.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>I see these big white trucks with a tiny ST logo coming in all the time. I think some of them are carrying partitions and mattresses for dorm dumps.<<

Maybe, but the partitions wheeled around are by our own workers, or so it seems. Maybe they are working for someone else, but the result is the same. A day doesn't go by when I see those partitions being moved to an apartment.

Anonymous said...

"The Blackstone people have a job to do, and I (and others) have a job, too."

Yes, but no one is supposed to be above the law, not even Blackstone.

Anonymous said...

The white trucks are garbage trucks. They pick up the garbage outside the buildings and bring it to the compactors on Avenue C. You can also see them when they are emptying out apartments that have to be cleaned out do to the tenant no longer being there.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>Yes, but no one is supposed to be above the law, not even Blackstone.<<

True, and tenants have to make sure the law is enforced. Unfortunately, that is not easy.

BTW, seen once again, dog piss trailing all over the Oval. And lanyards NOT checked. So many outside dogs and no one in authority seems to care.... Yes, and a new PS chief, too.

Anonymous said...

I have seen some of the white trucks picking up garbage and some delivering mattresses

Anonymous said...

The mess is only made bigger by the big signs posted everywhere littering the landscape and interior lobbies. What kind of uncivilized community needs signs posted in lobbies telling people to behave? It is insulting, offensive, embarrassing, and it is downright pitiful they rent to some who need to be told how to behave and the whole community pays the price by having how-to-behave signs posted making us all look like we are all imbeciles. By now we all have tenants on our floors who need these how-to-behave signs, we surely do on our floor and above us. The how-to-behave signs are written to the lowest common denominator and they are a poor reflection on us all. Mostly they are a reflection of the landowners who vetted the new tenants who needed the new signs with big letters telling them how to behave. You think they would dare post big letter signs like these in the landowner's lobbies at 740 Park Avenue? The big letter how to behave signs are mostly reflective of the values of the landowners.

Anonymous said...

Very well said 5:38. The signs are ridiculous, and extremely embarrassing. If people need giant signs to remind them of what they should/shouldn't be doing, than management needs to reconsider who they are renting to.

Anonymous said...

Tishman Speyer started the destruction of this property, but Blackstone and this current management team will be the final nail in the coffin. There is no turning back at this point. Blackstone, politicians and the TA could have done something to save this place back when the deal was finalized. The TA and politicians paraded this deal around, but have been nonexistent the past 18 months, while Blackstone continued the demise of this property, instead of reversing it like they promised.

History will not be kind to our politicians and TA for all of this.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have seen some of the white trucks picking up garbage and some delivering mattresses

October 4, 2017 at 6:28 PM

WHAT!!!!!!!! The same trucks used for hauling garbage waste are used for "delivering" mattresses?! Is that sanitary or legal?

Is anyone in city administration regulating these discarded mattresses to make sure property services are not recycling or reusing them? The number count of mattresses contributing to NYC waste by StuyTown dorm - hotels must be a high number. Are dorms required by law to change mattresses at the end of every school year, with the change in resident?

For that fact is anyone at the city regulating the bulk lease corporate hotel stays that are supposed to be at least 30 days to make sure they are over 30 days, and the corporate apartment hotels are sanitized, towels, beds, mattresses, are sanitized and bed bug free, bathroom and kitchen is sanitized, the 80% carpet coverage is steam cleaned between apartment-hotel guest stays, the walls painted, the occupants records accurate, the income audited, open knowledge of who our corporate neighbors really are, who is leasing these corporate apartment hotels besides NYU Langone, New School, FIT Fashion Institute, Mt Sinai, and who leases, subleases, occupies, or lives in the two pied a terre penthouses with the rooftop terraces in Peter Cooper Village?

Just who are our Corporate Neighbors leasing the apartments next door to us?

Here is the 2014 report on the dangers of commercial leasing in residential communities. Of course a few corrupt politicians passed laws to open the door for commercial leasing in residential communities by defining "permanent residents" as "longer than 30 days stays" as if permanent is a month and not a year. The politicians who proposed and all who voted yes on that law are responsible for the demise of residential communities by corporations.

Despite putting out this report, they did nothing to stop the apartment hotels population exploding in PCVST and barely scratched the surface of the problem they damned and condemned in their report. Much ado, rants, and posturing in the press by city council housing and building committee, deputy mayor for housing and economic development, the mayor, the tenant association, and the attorney general office. They legalized apartment hotels by creating a historically large loophole for landowners with this nonsensical, utterly stupid 30 day = permanent resident definition rigging the system even worse than it is already rigged.

Anyone with eyes can see what is going on in this property.


https://ag.ny.gov/pdfs/AIRBNB%20REPORT.pdf

Anonymous said...

October 5, 2017 at 5:38 AM's use of "landowners" is appropriate and modern times. The term "landlord" is medieval. There are no Lords of the Manor in this country and lately it looks like a lot of these landlords are lords of crap. They've nothing noble about themselves. Only grand wallets and grander egos.

The term should have been modernized when this country long ago rejected the monarchy, opting for a democracy.

Landowners and Tenants.

Or Landowners and Residents.

The court could initiate this correction by changing the name of the landlord / tenant Court to landowner / tenant Court or landowner / resident Court is even better.

Tommyboy said...

Luxury living does have it's cost. The embarrassment is the signs have been proven to be ineffectual, ignored and serving as an embarrassment complex wide.

Anonymous said...

Imagine if every neighbor on your floor, except you, owned a dog? The carpet would be a disaster. Disgusting.

Anonymous said...

Guess that is one way to kickback money to landlords. Then again the homeless shelters are historically a money making racket wrought with corruption.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/city-pays-5g-month-place-homeless-hotel-condo-building-article-1.3541932?utm_content=bufferf2e4f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=Gsmith+Twitter

Anonymous said...

wdym imagine everyone on my floor having a dog but us? That is us. We have no dog or cat and everyone on our floor has one or two!

Anonymous said...

3 of 3

Kushner
http://nypost.com/2017/04/18/the-scandalous-history-behind-kushners-ritzy-midtown-building/


Barry
http://www.trentonian.com/article/TT/20150417/NEWS/150419739

Menendez
http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/29/politics/bob-menendez-trial-by-numbers/index.html



Lower East Side Tenants on Kushner as a landlord

http://www.thelodownny.com/leslog/2017/01/lower-east-side-groups-to-de-blasio-jared-kushner-is-no-friend-of-new-york-city-tenants.html

https://www.villagevoice.com/2017/01/12/jared-kushners-east-village-tenants-horrified-their-landlord-will-be-working-in-the-white-house/


The Mayor and his admiration for Kushner the landlord

About the person of Jared Kushner — I respect him a lot,” de Blasio told reporters Monday at an unrelated news conference in Lower Manhattan.

http://www.politico.com/states/new-york/city-hall/story/2017/01/de-blasio-likes-jared-kushner-108572


Tenant Association love letter to Fortress CW Compass Rock

https://town-village.com/2016/12/01/letters-to-the-editor-dec-1-2/


The icing on the cake:
Jared Kushner and Senator Bob Menendez are using the same lawyer Abbe Lowell.

The link between Jersey guys Robert Menendez and Jared Kushner | The Auditor

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/07/menendezs_lawyer_now_representing_jared_kushner_th.html



Mayor Bill de Blasio and Developer President Donald Trump use the same law firm Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP

Mr. Neveloff has represented ...Donald Trump and The Trump Organization for more than 25 years in innumerable real estate matters, including Trump Tower, 40 Wall Street, Trump Palace, Trump International in New York and Chicago, the GM Building, the Plaza...

http://www.kramerlevin.com/jneveloff/

Just sayin'....the Mayor and the Developer President have a lot of parallels.

Waterfronts from Suffolk / Nassau to Brooklyn to East and West Manhattan to Staten Island to the Jersey shores, the politicians are selling us out to the developers.

On the bright side we can be grateful to Christie's Bridgegate implosion so we no longer have to stomach the Governor's Cuomo and Christie lovefest or God forbid a bipartisan ticket run for Oval Office in 2020.

Anonymous said...

2 of 3

The Barry patriarch has since retired and the sons Michael and David Barry run the business under the company name Ironstate Development Corp. The Barry family, wives and employees bundled large donations to the Senator on trial. David Barry is the same Board Member at Fortress Investment Group LLC, Fortress CW Compass Rock special servicer who ran this property Stuyvesant Town Peter Cooper Village now StuyTown into the ground since the Tishman Speyer alleged handoff in 2010.



These developers are criminals, have criminal records, are crime families.

Tenants are in battles in Civil Courts, fighting criminals and crime families that have millions of dollars and others who have billions. It is an unfair battle especially when the politicians are in bed with the developers and the Tenant Associations are in development deals. That is why we see articles in Town & Village where a former Tenant Association President pens a love letter of gratitude to Fortress CW Compass Rock.

Another New Jersey family with vested interest in developing StuyTown to increase the value of the 50 East Village buildings recently bought is the Kushner family whose patriarch Charles plead guilty in 2005 to making illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion and witness tampering. He served 14 months of a two-year sentence in a federal prison.

Kushner is a notorious slumlord according to Lower East Side tenants but the Mayor professes having "a lot of respect for Jared Kushner". The Tenant Association Board former President professes gratitude for Fortress CW Compass Rock special servicer. The current landlord made a big payout to the Media and Entertainment department of the Mayors Office for an "education" program instead of making the payment to the Dept of Education. Payouts, Payoffs, call it whatever what you want and politicians will make a loophole to funnel the money from real estate to politicians.

Anonymous said...


1 of 3

We are forced to deal with landlords who are criminals operating above the law. That is not easy to survive and is why a Tenant Association dedicated to needs of tenants only and not to politicians is a must.

The relationship between the Mayor and lower east side landlord Kushner lays out why there must be a separation between tenant associations and politicians who praise infamously tenant abusers of ill repute.

Kushner's lower east side buildings value rely on developing StuyTown upon complete eviction. All NYC developers deals are tied together relying on the development of each others properties to increase each others bank accounts and developing StuyTown Resort Hotel is key to all their greed.

Without a Tenant Association Board who is not in business with developers, residents don't stand a chance of surviving here and quality of life will continue to diminish.

It is all connected especially developing high end luxury condos, resorts and hotels in all waterfront areas of Stuyvesant Town Peter Cooper Village, Roosevelt Island, Willaimsburg to Red Hook to Coney Island Queens and Brooklyn, Staten Island, Sag Harbor to Glen Cove Long Island to Brookfield Place to Hudson Yards to the Manhattan Upper West Side and the New Jersey waterfront Hoboken, Jersey City to Cape May and.

At the center of developing much of the waterfront real estate is the Barry family, developers of Hoboken, Staten Island (overseen by former Goldman Sachs - Deputy Mayor Glen) and Stuyvesant Town Peter Cooper Village when David Barry Fortress CW Compass Rock was special servicer (another deal overseen by former Goldman Sachs - Deputy Mayor Glen).

Stuyvesant Town Peter Cooper Village is tied to all of the waterfront development in a key role and that is why the City, the City Council, City Hall, Brookfield Tenant Association developers, Fortress CW Compass Rock and Tishman Speyer aggressively cleared out thousands of tenants.

Right now there is another corruption trial in New Jersey that may not seem like it has to do with StuyTown, but it does. Senator Bob Menendez is on trial for bribery and corruption. The trial is centered on corrupt donations to the Senator. Another large donator to this Senator is the Barry family who are "longtime friends and supporters of the Senator".

The Barry family father already has a criminal record, serving time in prison, 25 months, for payoffs to officials in real estate deals in 2004.


Anonymous said...

They have the nerve to put up a banner of The Sty offering picnics in the park. Like eating on the Oval is a great thing. Sure, more vermin and gives the place a cheap look.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

All this talk of "criminals" is above my head. A couple of posts I can't pass now cause I can't claim the same. Maybe it's just me.

Anonymous said...

how much ya think the clowns spend on pruning, planting and flowers each year? Disgusting, should be cutting rents with those funds.

Tommyboy said...

Perhaps we are the new Boca Raton East

Anonymous said...

This place is the noisiest on a Saturday morning. They have workers busy as bees. What is ironic is that the place still looks like crap. All that noise and activity for what!

Stuy Town Reporter said...

After checking things out, I let through a couple more comments. Yes, the father was convicted and served time, but "crime families" is too much I think. Be that as it may, people can investigate on their own.

Again, money seems to rule here to an extent, even in a Democratic city like New York, but money has ruled the world, too. This doesn't mean that the average Joe or Jane is powerless.

Anonymous said...

Money certainly rules when it comes to real estate developers frauds and the DA office
That is why they get away with everything big and small and never have to open the books for financial audits or answer to anything they do. They simply cut a check to the politicians in law enforcement and poof all crimes disappear.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/manhattan-district-attorney-cy-vance-joins-the-trump-familys-private-chickenshit-club

Anonymous said...

does anyone know what is IHeart Radio and what does it have to do with the concerts in the Oval?

Anonymous said...

click click click go the heels above, click click 24/7. Get fucking rugs ladies.

Anonymous said...

"Again, money seems to rule here to an extent, even in a Democratic city like New York, but money has ruled the world, too. This doesn't mean that the average Joe or Jane is powerless."

So tell us, STR, how we can not be powerless? We post here on an anonymous blog and vent our frustrations and outrage, but we still can't do anything against the mega billionaires who own everything but our souls. They even own the air we breathe and the sunshine that we don't get much of anymore because of their money-laundering towers.

Anonymous said...

The TA fb page is allowing an ad for some republican who is running for City Council. Very strange. Makes me wonder if it is somebody with connections to the TA Board which we know is made up of political hacks and lobbyists and absolutely no neutrality whatsoever when it comes to protecting us from Blackstone and REBNY. The TA represents the enemies of the tenants. Somehow when the the idea of condominium conversation was floated by Garodnick, the TA picked up its skirts and pants and ran toward REBNY and away from tenants. Shameful.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>So tell us, STR, how we can not be powerless? We post here on an anonymous blog and vent our frustrations and outrage, but we still can't do anything against the mega billionaires who own everything but our souls. They even own the air we breathe and the sunshine that we don't get much of anymore because of their money-laundering towers.<<

Just to give an example: The recent slapping that the DOB did when ST/PVC did not have proper authorization to do work. Yeah, sure Management got away with a lot of other non-posts, and Management was quick to change their ways by now having proper authorization, but it took tenants to complain to the DOB.

Anonymous said...

"In a $5,200 unit, “The joke is: Everything is pretty, but nothing actually works"

The same could be said of STUYTOWN market rate units. This is a good article on STUYTOWN, Croman, Toledano, Trump, Kushner rent stabilized buildings.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-12/get-out



In 2006, Tishman Speyer joined with the investment firm BlackRock to purchase Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village, the historic working-class Manhattan housing complex that sprawls along the East River, for $5.4 billion. Each company spent only $112 million of its own money, attracting outside investors by promising that within five years the property’s rental income would triple and its value would balloon to $7 billion. Their logic was simple: At the time of purchase, 73 percent of the complex’s units were rent-stabilized. All they needed to do was destabilize them

Had the housing crisis not intervened, the strategy, which tenants’ groups dubbed “predatory equity,” might have worked for the big firms. They’d already underestimated the difficulty of emptying their buildings, and the weaker market prevented them from filling vacated units with higher-paying tenants. Several companies sold their buildings after only a few years.

In 2010, with Stuytown’s value a lackluster $1.8 billion, Tishman Speyer and BlackRock defaulted on their debt and sold off their stakes. It was the largest commercial mortgage default in U.S. history.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-10-12/get-out

Stuy Town Reporter said...

Yesterday, after a relatively nice day out of my apartment and this complex, I came back to see and smell streaming dog piss "lines" all over the Oval. What can you do? Dogs are allowed in ST and PCV, and dog piss is one of the things you are guaranteed to see if you go out of your apartment. I would say that this complex now has the greatest amount of dogs in one area in New York. People may not be able to tell if they are living inside and rarely visit other neighborhoods, but the dog population is considerable and getting worse. This is what our Masters want (for money) and this is what we have and have to live with.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

What can make this worse, and does, is the outside dogs that "use" this property. The lanyard check is mostly bs. Yesterday, I saw one dog walker from outside, with his dogs, walking the area freely. This person was alerted to the Big Boss with a photo, but this dog walker is still here.

Anonymous said...

The dogs appease to be all over the place with many tenants having two dogs. This is what management wants . Their dog days are a crock. Students, dogs, and transients are the demo here and a nasty one it is.

Anonymous said...

Just before the "sale" of the property the special servicer installed a sprinkler system with pipes throughout the grounds and stations for hoses to hook up. The present property services could easily hook up hoses at these stations twice a day to hose the sidewalks. The question is this: the problem is fixable so why isn't it getting fixed?

Anonymous said...

MARKET RATE TENANTS LIVES MATTER

Stuy Town Reporter said...

When will this end? Probably never. So, I was walking through the Oval while buying something from Associated. And right by the PS guard "box" (and there was a PS officer inside), a guy and his kid are walking past. The dog has no lanyard and the leash is extended to let the dog jump over the small fence and cavort in the non-dog garden area. Did the PS officer say anything? Did he check for a lanyard? No....

How many times must this be a scene that is repeated over and over again?

Anonymous said...

"Just before the "sale" of the property the special servicer installed a sprinkler system with pipes throughout the grounds and stations for hoses to hook up. The present property services could easily hook up hoses at these stations twice a day to hose the sidewalks. The question is this: the problem is fixable so why isn't it getting fixed?"

Because the current management is stupid and lazy and doesn't want to work for the shekels it is pulling in. They don't have the class or the commitment to take care of the property the way it should and could be taken care of. They are just rent collectors.

Anonymous said...

STR @ 4:35 PM, PS doesn't do anything because they don't care and their bosses don't care. I don't know whether they are well-paid with benefits, etc., or not, but I do know that they do the absolute minimum of work. The Security force we had before were well-paid and (I think) unionized and took pride in their job. I can't say I blame this lot for being lazy and indifferent. Same with the handy men they hire now. They got rid of all the unionized, skilled workers and now we have these schlubs who don't know shit from shine and do more damage than they fix when they enter an apartment. This is why we can't trust them to come into our apartments when we are not home and have to have a top lock and give management a phony key.

It wouldn't cost them much to bring the standards up to par, but there is no will to do it. Rick is not up to the job and that is becoming clearer and clearer all the time. He should go back to Boca and stay there.

The TA does fuck all but tell people to call Rick. What a mess.

Anonymous said...

nice guy , older guy works in the peter cooper first avenue. dogs walking in, no lease, no lanyard, he's watching a video on his phone thing, cars coming through, bikes zipping by. did zip, absolutely zero to any.

Anonymous said...

Dog and other violations will continue whether we like it or not. With no TA we have no recourse. Things will not get better. Still no PS presence at night. A guy goes around playground 12 but only during the day

Anonymous said...

we see what you're leaving in. that's all we need to see.

Anonymous said...

"How many times must this be a scene that is repeated over and over again?"

Why didn't you say something to the security guard?

Anonymous said...

lost my job , cant pay this high rent, stuy says 3 month penalty. I CANOT PAY IT.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

>>Why didn't you say something to the security guard?<<

Two reasons, mainly:

1) I'm not paid by Blackstone; the PS officer is. And he is paid to stay awake and confront all non-lanyard dog walkers and see them and their dog off the property. That rule is BS, of course. If they want to hire me, go right ahead. I have offered my services free of charge, btw. I got a nice smile that said: no thanks.

2) I know what the PS guard would do, if going by many previous experiences tell me. And I'm not one to hit my head against the wall and keep on hitting it.

But, of course, you are free to head to the Oval. You will probably see an infraction in less than five minutes. Report it. Good luck! Let us know the outcome, and not just that you were listened to, but that your report was acted upon.

Anonymous said...

STR, the name of the game with Rick and co., is "Lip Service." The rules are meaningless because they are not enforced. We need a real Property Manager here. Rick is totally not up to it and neither is the new head of PS. PS is just window dressing.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

I will say that PS responds if there is someone with a dog sitting at the Oval or if someone is swimming or dunking in the "pool." If they can get to the Oval expeditiously. But checking for lanyards? Forget about it. PS will ignore that "rule" even if the dog and his walker are right by the PS officer. I have seen this so many times. Now, it is possible (in the spirit of anything is possible) that a PS officer will say something. And note I use the word "say".... Escorting a person and his non-lanyard dog off the property: I have yet to see this.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

On the TA Facebook: >>Registration is totally unworkable in NYC.<<

Totally workable here in this complex if Blackstone wants it to work. Simple rule: All people who spend a night here have to give their name and the name of their "host".... Yeah, a few more bodies will have to be hired. Tough.

Anonymous said...

Blackstone would prefer not to register guests . They know that the renting situation is out of control and do not care. I even believe that they have their hand in the Airbnb and hotel business here.

Anonymous said...

just a word from a newer tenant the ac sucks balls and the two given us are brand new. We pay for the ac monthly and they do nothing at all to cool the apartment. wondering if others here have a similar situtation but how legal to charge my wife and i monthly when a. they do not work and b winter many months of no use.

Anonymous said...

4:08 PM, the a/c charge is yearly, but broken-up into 12 monthly charges. If your a/cs are not working, call Management and have them repair or replace them. If they won't, then you have legal recourse, but I don't know how you go about it. I would recommend you ask the Tenants Association about that, but the TA doesn't involve itself in such trivia as tenants being ripped-off by Management. The TA is too important and only deals (favorably) with politicians.

Anonymous said...

2) "I know what the PS guard would do, if going by many previous experiences tell me. And I'm not one to hit my head against the wall and keep on hitting it."

I agree that Stytown security will not do anything. However, why not put them on the spot and force them to verbally address the situation to you. Why not do that several times. Why not take those several responses (with names of the security guards) to ravishing Rick and force him to give you a response?

Of course the alternative is to simply make 100,000 posts regarding how stytown security doesn't do their job. A fact that most tenants in this slum are acutely aware of.

Stuy Town Reporter said...

That one extra post may do the trick... Actually, I do speak up, and I send mail to the big boys. There are things I do that I keep away from this blog, too. However, I am tired at times, and just shrug my shoulders at times (like most of us do).... But I do have certain priorities....

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Anonymous said...

You da man STR...don't let the naysayers get you down.

Anonymous said...

Mr.Hayduk and his posse do not adequately address noise,dog, and smoke complaints. They are only good for service issues. They know that this is a firm dump and will not initiate anything against students or transient residents as they are Blackstone’s bread and butter.

Anonymous said...

I have to laugh at the TAs list of accomplishments sent out today. Why would your name not on key cards benefit anyone but the dorm crowd and transients. I don’t know why I still get their e-mails as I did not pay dues this year

Anonymous said...

Not only are they ignoring th noise issues and problems that 95% of us complain about, they are doing it on purpose to push us all out.

Anonymous said...

Security will do something, will take action if you either call continually or show up at their office, in person, and make the demand. If they do not address the demand immediately, for any reason, while you are standing in their office, stay put there until they do address it.

Many phone calls, one after the other, will nearly always elicit a response. But, of course, you will not be their favorite tenant. Yet it is true that the squeaky wheel gets the grease!

This is declared by a tenant who has usually seen some action from Security when I take the above steps.

Anonymous said...

"I have to laugh at the TAs list of accomplishments sent out today. Why would your name not on key cards benefit anyone but the dorm crowd and transients. I don’t know why I still get their e-mails as I did not pay dues this year

You must be kidding. You didn't pay dues THIS year? It took you this long to not be part of the problem?